Weekly Pastoral letter 28th June 2020
St Andrew's Pastoral Letter
28th June Feast of St Peter & St Paul -Third Sunday after TRINITY Pastoral Letter
PASTORAL LETTER FOR ST ANDREW’S CHURCH BURNHAM ON SEA
This week there will be a Youtube services for Sunday: https://youtu.be/QjGtYJj_WZ8
We will have a service available to you via, post, church website, email and YouTube & Facebook and the website – A Church Near You.(ACNY) It would be wonderful (where possible) to all join in this occasion on Sunday at 10.0a.m. as an act of solidarity and prayer. The YouTube service should be available on Saturday evening.
CHURCH OPENING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP – the PCC has voted to agree opening the Church for Sunday worship. As I write this letter the guidelines are yet to be published regarding Public worship. You will receive a separate letter regarding this matter. However I can tell you that in St Andrew’s NEXT SUNDAY there will be
8.00a.m. HOLY COMMUNION
10.00a.m. HOLY COMMUNION
The Sunday YouTube service for next sunday will continue – and copies of the service sent out via email and post
ST ANDREW’S OPEN FOR INDIVIDUAL PRAYER –
St Andrew’s Church open – Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 10a.m. to Noon
You may have read in the media that the government has given permission for churches to be open for the limited use of private prayer. Private prayer – is one person saying their own prayers – it is NOT public worship and no one will be leading prayers for others.
This has PCC agreement, and subject to the government advice not changing and finally subject to all the conditions of a risk assessment based on the Church of England template for Risk assessment – the church may open in a limited way.
Thursday Prayer at Ten" As we cannot meet for Holy Communion and fellowship on Thursdays let us pray "together but apart" in the presence of Christ whilst remaining in our own homes.
You are invited to devote 15 minutes, starting at 10 a.m. with the "Our Father" then praying for the weeks cause and concluding at 10.15 by saying the "Grace". This is NOT on the internet it is simply committing to that time each week by praying "together whilst apart".
Here is the prayer for Thursday prayer:
Dear God, at the beginning of a new month in a time of challenge across the world, help us to keep the faith and live actively in hope and with the guidance of your Holy Spirit. Grant us the vision and strength be bringers of your hope and peace to our troubled world.
WESTON HOSPICECARE, "Reverend Maggie Runs"
Thank You to all who have very kindly donated to Weston Hospicare through sponsoring my run/jog at the beginning of lockdown. I completed 50 miles bit by bit over 30 days. On-line donations total £315 and I know that many parishioners have kindly pledged to contribute to this cause but do not wish to do so online.
Please would you send any sponsorship now for me to pay into the hospice. Cheques made payable to "Weston Hospicecare" and post them to me at:
5 Chelswood Avenue, Weston super Mare. North Somerset BS22 8QP.
My thanks on behalf of Weston Hospicecare. Margaret.
FOODBANK – Thank you for the donations left at the Vicarage. The Foodbank is receiving a huge number of requests for help while people wait for grants and benefits to come through. If, you can support the foodbank donations can be dropped off in Tesco or at the Vicarage.
Tinned Potatoes and small bags of sugar are a particular need at the moment Thank You.
INTERCESSION TOPICS FOR THE WEEK
Monday Burnham on Sea Hospital and Medical Centres
Tuesday Burnham & Highbridge Foodbank – its ongoing work
Wednesday Those working in our care homes in Burnham
Thursday Our Town & District Council
Friday Our schools -
Saturday We give thanks for the NHS staff
Sunday For Covid victims in UK and throughout the world
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
CHURCH OF ENGLAND – There is now a FREEPHONE number with a daily reflection – so if you would like to hear a recorded message by Archbishop Justin Welby – ring 0800 804 8044
The Parish pump –
This is a section to share any news across the congregation. I welcome any contributions which need to be with me by 12 Noon on Tuesday in the week leading up to the Sunday – so that postal copies can be sent out in time
Belated Birthday greetings to members of our congregation this past week
In an effort to normalise life a little we are planning to create a parish magazine for August – available in the last week of July. Articles and news to Revd Richard Sigrist by July 20th please.
It would be good to have some stories of life in lockdown Burnham.
From the Ministry team – John, Tony, Sharon, Margaret & Graham